Robert Fishman



Robert A. Fishman is a senior partner in the real estate and finance department and chairs the land use and development practice group at Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston. His practice focuses on development, financing, acquisition and disposition, leasing, and land use/environmental permitting.

Bob was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1991. He is an active member and frequent lecturer in both bar association and real industry trade groups. Bob appears among the best real estate lawyers in Massachusetts in the Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide and was named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in a survey by Law & Politics and Boston magazine. He is listed as one of only five Massachusetts lawyers in the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and in the Best Lawyers in America. Bob is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He has chaired NAIOP’s Public Affairs Committee and has received NAIOP’s Public Affairs Award three times for his work on legislative and administrative matters. In 2016, Bob received NAIOP’s Champion Award in recognition of his exceptional advocacy benefitting the real estate industry.

Bob is a past chair of the Lawyers’ Team of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. (CJP). In 2008, Bob received the Community of Excellence Award from CJP in recognition of his significant contributions to both the broader community and the legal profession.

Bob presently is an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law. He also has taught at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, and Suffolk Law School. Bob’s most recent articles and presentations have addressed smart growth issues, permitting of complex development projects, and environmental issues in business transactions. He authors a chapter of MCLE’s Massachusetts Zoning Manual.

Bob graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Law School, cum laude.

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